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About Shiro

History

A legacy of 119 years—built at the end of the 19th century, this machiya-style townhouse was used as a shop, a home, and a tax accountant’s office until undergoing renovations to become a hostel in 2014. It stands in a historic neighborhood 20 seconds by foot from Kanazawa Castle. Spring brings sakura cherry blossoms flowering before you, summer the rich greenery of the trees, autumn the crimson of the leaves, and winter the beauty of falling snow.

What is “Shiro”?

Directly translated, “shiro” refers to the color white in Japanese. Not only is white an important element in traditional Japanese craft and in Zen Buddhism, the owners also wanted to incorporate the ideas of “margin” and “blank” (both of these words use the Chinese character for "white" in Japanese) into the name to indicate a space that’s unadorned, gentle, and calming.

About the Building

Shiro is a beautifully renovated historical machiya-style townhouse. Renovations were carried out by a local architect and traditionally-trained craftspeople who preserved the historical aspects of the structure even as they made changes to accommodate to the modern Japanese lifestyle.

Location

Located near the center of town, Shiro is within walking distance of many of Kanazawa’s sights: Kanazawa Castle, of course, but also Kenroku-en Garden, Omi-cho Market, the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, the D.T. Suzuki Museum where architecture and Zen philosophy come together, the Higashi Chaya District, and more.

We especially recommend Shiro to the following types of people:
With a maximum capacity of only 15 people, staying at Shiro is like staying at someone’s home. It’s a great option for those with an interest in historical architecture, guests who want a calm and relaxing stay, lovers of art and design, and people who’d like to enjoy a simple, minimalist space.

Guest Rooms

Kumo private room

(4-tatami mat size )
These private quarters will make you feel like you’ve discovered the perfect hideout. Open the window to look out to Kuromon-mae Ryokuchi Park, where you’ll enjoy the sight of riotous cherry blossoms in the spring, rich greenery in the summer, crimson leaves in the fall, and beautiful snowy landscapes in the winter. Come night time, you’ll bed down on a double-sized mattress.
4500yen for one person (Tax included)
8000yen for two persons (Tax included)

Facilities

Room key
Air conditioner
Sockets
Reading light
Coat hangers
Wi-Fi
Hair dryer
Information book

Tsuchi private room

(6.5-tatami mat size)
This relaxing, atmosphere space brings to mind a traditional tea house. Slide open the shoji paper doors to look down to the beams of the open ceiling and the ground floor entranceway below. Open the window opposite and you’ll have a view into the sunny courtyard. After lights out, you’ll sleep tight on single mattresses.
5000yen for one person (Tax included)
9000yen for two persons (Tax included)
10500yen for three persons (Tax included)

Facilities

Room key
Air conditioner
Sockets
Reading light
Coat hangers
Wi-Fi
Hair dryer
Information book

Female dorm

(capacity: 4 guests)
The room’s petite and classic engawa-style floorboard veranda has a dresser with mirror. Open the window to look out into the sunny courtyard. Close the curtains around your bed to create a secret space all your own.
*Male and female dormitory designations may be swapped depending on reservation numbers.
3500yen / Person (Tax included)

Facilities (Each bed)

Bed curtains
Luggage space
Safe deposit box
Sockets
Reading light
Coat hangers

Facilities (Common)

Air conditioner
Wi-Fi
Hair dryer
Information book

Male dorm

(capacity: 6 guests)
The ancient beam that soars out from the ceiling in this room leaves an impression. Open the window to look out to Kuromon-mae Ryokuchi Park, where you’ll enjoy the sight of sakura cherry blossoms in the spring, rich greenery in the summer, crimson leaves in the fall, and beautiful snowy landscapes in the winter. Close the curtains around your bed to create a secret space all your own.
*Male and female dormitory designations may be swapped depending on reservation numbers.
3500yen / Person (Tax included)

Facilities (Each bed)

Bed curtains
Luggage space
Safe deposit box
Sockets
Reading light
Coat hangers

Facilities (Common)

Air conditioner
Wi-Fi
Hair dryer
Information book

Facilities

The doma-style entranceway and the beams soaring above, the smell of wood and tatami matting, fresh coffee and bread, sofas and books, drink and good conversation, the courtyard and quiet hours with friends— we hope to help you find what you love best.

All guest quarters are on the second floor. Down on the first floor are two shared spaces: the kitchen/lounge area with its view of the courtyard and the tatami mat room with its view of the street. The tatami mat room has a heated kotatsu table during the winter. The shower rooms and restrooms are shared.

Services

Free services

Wi-Fi

Desktop Computer

Air conditioner

Shower

Shampoo
Conditioner
Body soap

Hair dryer

Kitchen

Drip coffee
Tea

Refrigerator

Micro wave

Paid services

Rental cycle
(500yen / day)

Rental bath towel
(100yen)

Washer and Dryer
(500yen)

About the Town

Shiro is perfectly located for heading out to see Kanazawa’s sights, only 20 seconds to Kanazawa Castle Park by foot, 3 minutes to Omi-cho Market, 8 minutes to Kenroku-en Garden, 10 minutes to the Higashi Chaya District, and 12 minutes to the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art.

Though located right in the center of town, the area around the hostel is full of greenery and an atmospheric townscape that invites guests to savor everyday life in Kanazawa, a city far from the everyday. The neighborhood features many delicious local establishments, including sushi restaurants, cafes, izakaya-style pubs, and teishoku (table d'hôte) restaurants. If you’d like advice on where to go or what to eat, please be sure to ask the staff once you’re checked in.

Access

Address: 1-2, Otemachi, Kanazawa city, Ishikawa prefecture, Japan

Access map

Public bus (bus, 5 min.; walking, 8 min.)

1. Catch any bus going via ”Musashigatsuji”, for example a ”Korinbo”- or ”Kenrokuen-shita”-bound bus. Get off at ”Musasshigatsuji / Omicho-ichiba” (about a 5-minute ride).
2. Omi-cho Market is located right in front of the bus stop. Go straight (east) through the main covered arcade and out the other side of the market until the road ends at a T-section (about 350 meters).
3. At the T-section you’ll find the Omicho Post Office (JP Post).
4. Turn right (south) at the T-section and walk toward the Kuromon entrance to Kanazawa Castle Park.
5. Continue to walk straight along, crossing an intersection with a stoplight (“Bakuromachi-minami”), until you arrive to a corner just before the castle park’s Kuromon entrance (about 250 meters). Shiro is in the left half of the machiya townhouse on the corner to your left.

Walk(approx. 20 min.)

1. Leave out east exit (Kenroku-en exit) of Kanazawa Station.
2. Walk along the main road until you come to a very large intersection (“Musashi”, about 1.2 km).
3. Omi-cho Market is located on the opposite right hand (southeast) corner of the intersection. Cross the large crosswalk in front of Kuromon Koji and go straight (east) through the main covered arcade out the other side of the market until the road ends at a T-section (about 350 meters).
4. Turn right (south) at the T-section and walk toward the Kuromon entrance to Kanazawa Castle Park.
5. Continue to walk straight along, crossing an intersection with a stoplight (“Bakuromachi-minami”), until you arrive to a corner just before the castle park’s Kuromon entrance (about 250 meters). Shiro is in the left half of the machiya townhouse on the corner to your left.

Booking and Contact

Check-in: 14:00〜20:30
Check-out: 〜11:30
Closed (Cleaning and Maintenance): 12:00〜14:00
Leaving baggage before check-in: 9:00〜11:50
Picking up baggage stored with us after check-out : 〜12:00 / 14:00〜22:00

*Baggage deposit is available until 11:30 a.m. that day on days when the hostel will be closed.
*If you’d like to drop off your luggage before checking in, please come by the hostel between 9:00 and 11:50 a.m. The hostel will be closed from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. to allow for cleaning and maintenance.
*Lights are turned off in the common spaces at 11:00 p.m. We ask our guests to be thoughtful of the surrounding neighborhood.
*Parking is not available at the hostel. Please use a nearby paid parking lot (e.g., the one in front of the Omicho Post Office, etc.)

About a cancellation
If you’d like to cancel, please let us know up to 5 days before you stay. If you cancel after that, we will charge you a cancellation fee.
(5〜3days before: 30%, 2〜1day before: 50%, on the day: 100% )

FD = Female Dorm
MD = Male Dorm
Kumo = Private Room ( 4 tatami mats size )
Tsuchi = Private Room ( 6.5 tatami mats size )
CLOSED = Day off

* Tax included in the price.
* We can accept children from 7-years-old.
* We can accept a group reservation up to 5 persons.
*Reservations may be made for up to the last day of the month, three months in advance (e.g., on August 1, booking until November 30 is available).
*The female and male dormitories may be swapped (i.e., men in the 4-person room, women in the 6-person room) depending on the number of guests.

After consulting the vacancies calendar, please send us a message using the Booking and Contact Form.

Based on the information you send us, we’ll check room availability and reply to you by e-mail regardless of whether or not the booking is possible. If you haven’t heard back from us within 24 hours, please contact us again using the Booking and Contact Form.

Booking and Contact Form

Contact by telephone
(Telephone reception hours 9:30〜21:30)